It Has to Start Sometime

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New beginnings are always a great time! I am constantly in awe of the resoluteness one needs for the closing of the door behind to walk slowly but assuredly away from one’s comfort. And then how soon it can be followed by the exhilaration and anticipation of new worlds to be found in the opening of the doors ahead.

This is where I find myself. Wanting… Maybe even needing… to enter a new unexplored world. Yet I still enjoy and find fulfillment and rest in the world in which I presently reside.

Living simultaneously in two worlds… It can’t last forever… But while it does, I will enjoy the ride.

Share Your World – May 29, 2017

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Seattle Space Needle – Photo credit: WikiArquitectura


Share Your World

May 29, 2017



  • What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?
  • Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?
  • What is your favorite National or State Park?
  • What is your fantasy vacation?


What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?

The home of Thomas Jefferson- Monticello. I have not seen the upstairs of the home since it has been restored. I hope to do so soon.

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?

I like many day-cations! Living in the Valley, there are many historical places for one day vacations!

What is your favorite National or State Park?

I have not seen enough different parks to have a favorite.

What is your fantasy vacation?

Tour the castles of Europe and see the ruins of Italy and Greece.

 



Written for Share Your World: May 29, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

Share Your World – May 22, 2017

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Share Your World

May 22, 2017



  • What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 
  • How often do you get a haircut?
  • In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?
  • How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.


What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?

… Become competent with the piano, and guitar, and banjo, and harmonica… you get the picture.

… Become a much more proficient photographer.

… Learn 20 new recipes that are actually healthy for me and they are foods I like to eat!

… Go to Mount Vernon (George Washington’s residence).

… Fix my house up so that it will be a place that I can enjoy a leisurely retirement.

How often do you get a haircut?

Every three weeks. I wear a high-and-tight landing strip cut. In the old-days, it was just called a flattop. For my hair to NOT become a curly-horned mess, it has to be cut rather often.

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

Sudoku!!!

How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

I have moved many times, but I still resident within 25 miles of where I was born.



Written for Share Your World: May 22, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

They Are Among Us

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This week’s photo prompt is provided by The Magicsticgoldenrose.

“I promise, Mom,” Andre yielded as he and his mother were secretly cloaked in the middle of the quad,

“You promise, now. Being a freshman here can be … challenging.”

“This was where you and Dad went?”

“Yes, but it was very different then.”

“You hadn’t discovered your powers.”

“We didn’t know of our powers until well after high school. We were more mature when our powers surfaced.”

“According to Grandma…”

“Grandma shouldn’t have told you those stories.”

“So they’re true?”

“Parts of them.” She gently touched the yet to be shaven chin of her son. “You must promise to never use your powers… any of them… while you are here.”

“Promise. No one’ll know.” Andre smirked spreading his arms wide. “I’ll be invisible.”

“Very cute, Andre. This is definitely a time to listen to what I say and not take a chapter from your parents’ youth-driven escapades.”

“Tis rather ironic. Isn’t it, Mom? I’m not supposed to ever use my powers here on campus, but we’re both standing in the central quad… beside of our super-tech-stealth car… completely cloaked like a Romulan Bird-of-Prey.”

Mother grinned.

“I know,” Andre replies. “Do as I say, not as I did…. Got it.”



Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers #119. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 150 (+ or -) flash fiction story. Sorry, it has been weeks since I have written. I could only get this one whittled down to 200 words without sacrificing the story. I will do better next week.

Share Your World – May 15, 2017

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Share Your World

May 15, 2017



  • How many languages do you speak?
  • What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?
  • What was the last photo you took with your phone?
  • What is your favorite time of day?


How many languages do you speak?

I only speak one language. I had four years of Latin in high school. I have had six years of Spanish, but I doubt if I could ask for the directions to a bathroom. Wish I could!

What are you reading? 

One Perfect Lie – Lisa Scottoline …. SUPERB! so far?

What are you watching?

I watch a lot of baseball during the summer- The Atlanta Braves. I am presently watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Netflix.

What are you listening to?

I listen to the radio (KLOVE, mostly) when I am in the truck. When the radio is not playing, I am presently listening to a concert pianist from Boston, Massachusetts… Jeffery Moore.

What are you eating?

For supper tonight, I had tacos. For my before bed snack… popcorn.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

The last photographs I have taken were of The Battle of New Market- a Civil War battle in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I do not take pictures with my cell phone.

What is your favorite time of day?

I love the first half hour after waking up. I try to do that four or five times a day?



Written for Share Your World: My 15, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

The Blossoming of a New Hobby

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Point and Click.

Point and Click.

Point and Click.

That is really all I know about photography.

Each time I retrieve my cameras form storage, I have to begin again with how to cut them on and find the amatuer settings for Point and Click.

Today, I set up a hobby center for my camera paraphernalia.

There is even a camera club in my area that I am hoping to join and begin learning  more advanced photographic techniques. Anything I learn will be more advanced what where I am at the present!

Until then, I have batteries awaiting, and cameras in the chute.

Soon…. The world could be on the cusp of a new  Ansel Adams. (I cheated. I don’t know any famous photographers’ names. I remember him from his American West pictures.)



Written for The Daily Post: June 17, 2017. Blossom

Share Your World – May 8, 2017

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Share Your World

May 8, 2017



  • When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?
  • What was your favorite food when you were a child?
  • Are you a listener or talker?
  • Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook?


When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I am always barefoot.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and green beans seasoned with bacon

Are you a listener or talker? Yes

Favorite thing to Photograph?  Landscapes/ History

Favorite thing to Write? Historical Mysteries

Favorite thing to Cook? Spaghetti and meatballs with a fresh salad



Written for Share Your World: May 8, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

Creating “Home” from an Empty Nest

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As the next fifty years of life await me, I am contemplating the process of restructuring what “home” looks like.

No longer will four or five people be in sleeping bags in the middle of the living room binging on a Superman or Star Wars movie night.

Breakfast is for one… and it can be almost anytime I want to have it.

Late nights are now a night-on-the-town after 7:00 pm.

Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny have seemed to have left change-of-address notices.

I can sit and read as long as I want to read… unless my Shih Tzu has other plans.

There is no one else to blame for bringing junk food into the house.

Someone entering my house on tiptoes after midnight is now a burglar.

I am not sure what a new “home” includes….



Written for The Daily Post: June 16, 2017. Create.